Yes, “Finding Carter” is a teen drama on MTV loosely based on Caroline B. Cooney’s iconic “The Face On The Milk Carton,” a 1990 book that turned into a fixture of young-adult literature as well as a tie-in film. And yes, when I say “drama,” I mean “soap opera,” more or less. “Finding Carter” has a melodramatic plottiness to it, such that each episode has splashy, dramatic treasures baked in. (A line from last season, delivered through tears: “I’m a mess. Because my best friend got shot. Because my boyfriend was the one that shot him. Because my friend betrayed me, and now, because my sister hates me.”)

Unlike most soaps, though, “Finding Carter” retains an emotional honesty that doesn’t get lost in the plot twists